A Step By Step Guide on How Carpet Cleaners Do Their Work


Carpet cleaners follow a strict procedure to clean carpets. Our carpet cleaners’ directory consists of professionals that follow these 12 steps in offering their esteemed carpet cleaning services to their clients. These 12 universal steps are followed by all professional carpet cleaners, regardless of the method used (hot water extraction or dry-wash).

  1. Pre- Inspection

    Once the carpet cleaners make their way to your residence, they perform a thorough pre-inspection of the carpet. They examine the carpet to determine the carpet construction, any visible stains and the overall condition of the carpet. The type of carpet together with stain the types dictates the cleaning methodology used by the professional. The type of stain also dictates the type of detergents and cleaning chemicals to be used. After the inspection, and potential permanent stain is made aware to the client.

  2. Furniture Moving

    Before carpet cleaning can commence, the furniture in the carpet’s immediate vicinity is moved away. This includes tables, chairs, and sofas. The heavier and larger furniture such as dressers and beds are not covered under the cleaning service from most carpet cleaners. However, all furniture, large and medium size, will be protected by disposable blocks and tabs.

  3. Pre-Vacuuming

    The carpet is then thoroughly pre-vacuumed using a commercial vacuum cleaner to remove bonded and insoluble dry soil. This step is critical owing to the fact that the overall result will be determined by how thoroughly this step was done. The insoluble dry soil hinders the detergent from penetrating the carpet fiber, making cleaning hard.

  4. Pre-spottin

    The tough stained areas are pretreated to ensure maximum dirt removal. Tough detergents and cleaning chemicals are applied on the stained spots and left for a few minutes to extract the tough stain before general cleaning can continue.

  5. Pre-spraying

    This step focuses on traffic areas; sections of the carpet that are walked on often than others. Such traffic areas include just below a chair, sofa or bed; primarily the spot where feet rest when getting off such furniture, and the “path” used most when walking to and from the carpet. Such areas are prone to more dirt thanks to the high traffic they receive. These areas are sprayed with a biodegradable traffic lane treatment to ensure thorough cleaning and better results.

  6. Pre-Agitation

    This is also called a pre-grooming stage where the carpet fiber is pre-cleaned by special machines with rotary scrubbers. Soft and hard rotary scrubbers are used depending on the size of carpet fibers. This step is done to loosen up any dry soil missed out during the pre-vacuum stage. It is also done in order to loosen up the dry soil dirt on the traffic areas to ensure proper dirt extraction by the biodegradable treatment solution.

  7. Extraction and Rinsing

    This is the main cleaning step. It is done after the soil from the carpet fabric has been loosened and the biodegradable treatment has done considerable cleaning on the tough stain spots and traffic areas. The cleaning process settled at during the pre-inspection period then commences. The most common methodology used by a great number of carpet cleaners is the most effective one; hot water extraction.

    The carpet pile is thoroughly flushed away by the use of special machines mounted on the cleaning trucks. The machines use high-pressure tubes and vacuums to deliver hot pressured- cleaning-chemical-filled steam to clean the carpet. The hot pressured water in almost steam form penetrates the carpet fiber, splashing the soil with the cleaning chemical and is simultaneously sucked back by the machine. The heat and pressure are constantly regulated to ensure the carpet doesn’t soak in the hot steam too much and get damp. The temperatures are maintained between 1800F and 1900F.

  8. Neutralizing

    The cleaning detergents used up to this stage are of mild acidic nature. It is what enables them to have the cleaning property. After extraction and rinsing step, the carpet fabric pH is neutralized in order to avoid potential roughening of the carpet fiber. Carpet manufacturers stress on this step heavily. Neutralizing is done through applying a sweet smelling post-spray.

  9. Post-Spot Treatment

    This step involves inspecting the condition of the tough stained areas identified during the pre-spot stage.

  10. Post Grooming

    The drying process is aided by uniformly setting the carpet pile in one direction.

  11. Speed Drying

    The drying process is further accelerated by the use of high-velocity air movers.

  12. Post-Cleaning Inspection

    The cleaning expert shows the customer the end result and offers tips on how to keep the carpet clean.